PERSPECTIVE: ‘Ugly’ animals need love too!

September 18, 2015

Bat

In an article for Science Network WA, Associate Professor Trish Fleming from Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences advocates for the less media-friendly animals of Australia before these species are lost forever.

Associate Professor Fleming highlights that bats and native rodents make up almost half of Australia’s total number of mammal species, and yet for most, science has done barely more than catalogue their existence.

The full impact of the loss of forests to climate change and clearing is not clearly understood but Associate Professor Fleming highlights that small insectivorous bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hour. So next time you get attacked by mosquitos, think about what would happen if we lose our precious bats.

To read Associate Professor Fleming’s full article, click here.

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